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Heure Bleue Palais

Morocco, Essaouira

Good for Couples
Family Suites

  • Newly renovated hotel, part of the prestigious luxury collection Relais & Châteaux
  • Boasts a home cinema and billiard room
  • Moments away from the lively souks
  • Offers exploring excursions and camel rides

After three years of renovation, the Heure Bleue Palais is a luxurious riad style hotel located at the gates of the historic Essaouira medina. Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel group, The Heure Bleue Palais is a beautifully designed property, adorned with traditional Moroccan décor combining African, European and Arab influences while enjoying the feel of a traditional Moroccan home.

Enjoy authentic, hearty Moroccan cuisine in the hotel’s Oriental Restaurant or take your senses outside and dine al fresco in the inner courtyard while gazing at the panoramic views ahead. A stay at The Heure Bleue Palais will leave you spoiled when wanting to soak up the beautiful weather, with a stunning rooftop terrace and large swimming pool available for guests. Explore the surrounding delights in Essaouira, with local and traditional experiences available, including the famously traditional ‘Tuareq trail’ on a camel.


Bars and Restaurants

The Oriental Restaurant

A beautifully elegant Moroccan lounge awaits at Heure Bleue Palais, where you’ll find a sophisticated menu inspired by Oriental cuisine. A night menu is served here, fusing authentic gastronomy with an inventive twist.

The English Lounge

A Colonial inspired interior featuring rugs, woods and leathers join with a beautiful fireplace and taxidermy to create a memorable dining location. Open throughout the day and evening, The English Lounge serves authentic teas, fine spirits and liquors and in the evening, ‘Kemia’, a delicious spread of Oriental tapas, perfect with delicious Moroccan wines.

Terrace Grill

Adorned in beautiful white drapes and pops of bright blue, The Terrace Grill is located on the top floor of the hotel. Between the deck and the large swimming pool, this open air restaurant is perfect for a relaxing afternoon spent sampling light dishes from the menu and lounging on the sunbeds. For a truly memorable experience, spend the evening on this beautiful terrace and watch the sun go down as you enjoy truly breath taking views of the old city at sunset.

Beach and Pools

Swimming Pool

Hotel Bleue Palais offers a large heated swimming pool located on the rooftop terrace. Relax on sun loungers, take a cooling dip or simply enjoy the stunning views of the ocean and the medina in this tranquil oasis.

Spa and Wellness

Wellness Centre

Experience a traditional Hammam at the Heure Bleue Palais’s Orient, a treatment renowned around the world for its almost magical effects. In an intimate environment of black marbled walls, soft lighting and Oriental decoration, guests can enjoy a range of natural treatments using traditional ingredients and essential oils, including the cherished Argan oil. Choose a carefully personalised programme in a beautifully intimate setting, offering natural scrubs, wraps and massages.

Activities and Entertainment

Billiards and Home Cinema

Adjacent to the courtyard patio, discover the billiards room and home cinema. Guests can enjoy American or French style billiards in this beautiful dimly lit room, complete with a home cinema. Perfect for gatherings with friends and family, guests can watch a classic movie or get together to watch a major sports game.

Cooking Classes

Head Chef Ahmed Handour is the culinary mastermind behind the mouth watering dishes at the hotel’s The Orient Restaurant and he revels in sharing his gastronomic secrets. For an interactive and fun way to spend an afternoon, learn how to create delicious, authentic dishes with an expert at Heure Bleue Palais.


Guests can explore the fascinating landscapes around Essaouira on horseback or by camel (supervised by an experienced guide). The hotel is surrounded by several walking routes and for those wanting to explore further, experienced staff are on hand to guide you through some of the paths less travelled among a beautiful wilderness.


The Mogador Golf course, designed by the famous South African golf pro, Gary Player, is perfect for an afternoon game with friends and family. Complete with meticulous fairways, wild and challenging bunkers and water points, these golf courses are set in stunning surroundings with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

About the location

Hotel Heure Bleue Palais, a former 19th Century riad and the only Essaouira hotel belonging to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux luxury group, is a five star beauty in the heart of the medina. Located by the Bab Marrakech gate, the hotel is set in an ideal location to explore the local wonders of the exciting and bustling souks, dining scenes and shops of the medina. Nearby are 18th Century cannons and the Kasbah (multiple buildings in a citadel behind a structured wall), offering some of the best views.

Slightly less hectic than Marrakech, Essaouira enjoys a more relaxed atmosphere, with several restaurants and bars dotted around, along with an impressive selection of bright and colourful stalls, where you can buy aromatic spices true to Morocco and other authentic delights.

Transfer time

Heure Bleue Palais is 2 hours and 40 minutes from Marrakech Airport.

Classic Room

Max 2 adults

Classic Rooms are located on the first floor and are decorated in an African-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request) and marble bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Deluxe Room

Max 2 adults

Deluxe Rooms have been decorated in Oriental, African or British-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), office area and a marble bathroom with a bathtub.


Max 2 adults, 1 child

Suites are located on the second floor and are decorated in Arab-Portuquese inspired style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), lounge area and a marble bathroom with a bathtub and walk-in shower.

Suite Premium

Max 2 adults, 1 child

Premium Suites are located on the second and third floor and are decorated in Oriental, African or British-themed style, featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), lounge area, fireplace, office area and a marble bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Family Suite

Max 3 adults, 2 children

Family Suites consist of two bedrooms featuring a king size bed (twin beds available on request), large living space and two marble bathrooms.

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Unforgettable stay.
john s,
Tripadvisor review Apr 20 2022
Unforgettable stay. Perfect location to explore the town. Room was very comfortable and full of character. Public spaces such as the lounges and dining areas are tranquil and beautiful. Breakfast was...
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Excellent hotel and service.
Mark D, West Bloomfield, Michigan
Tripadvisor review Apr 08 2022
Probably the best hotel on our 2+ weeks Moroccan tour. Very specious and comfortable rooms and bathrooms. Excellent location. Breakfast with almost everything you need or want. High class restaurant...
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